Monday Sneak Peak: Cleaning House

Something magical is brewing and, while I’m trying to keep the simmer low, my excitement keeps threatening to boil over. The cover for Cleaning House is finished, and the blurb is ready to go. That said, here’s a sneak-peak at both.

It’s a beautiful cover, isn’t it? It’s, by far, my favorite to date. I actually had two, very different, cover designs but, with help from some awesome people, this design won the “which is better” vote by a landslide. I’ll share the design process I used, along with earlier drafts of the cover and the secondary version, in a later blog post.

Now to the blurb, easily the most important tool, secondary to the cover, an author has to win over potential readers. Blurbs are generally easy for me to write. I know, for an author, that’s rather strange. But there it is, and this one came just as easily as the others.

Growing up queer in southern Appalachia wasn’t easy for Centenary Rhodes, so she left home as soon as she could, but the post-collegiate happiness she’d expected has never occurred. She can’t find a decent date, much less find that special someone, and, after losing her job in a corporate downsize, she’s struggling to meet her most basic needs. Her car has been repossessed, her bills are piling up, and her questionable North Chicago neighborhood is dangerous to navigate.

Returning home to Hare Creek, Tennessee, never crosses Cent’s mind until her Great Aunt Tess, one of only two people in Cent’s family who accept her as-is, contacts her with an offer she can’t refuse. The family homestead must be sold, and Aunt Tess needs someone to clean it up. Cent will have access to Aunt Tess’ garden and truck and can live on the homestead rent-free for as long as it takes. A part-time job at a local convenience store is waiting for her as well.

It’s a chance to solve some of Cent’s financial woes, but going home, she soon finds, will mean discovering a past she can’t remember and a magical, elemental-filled future she never expected.

August 1st, the official release date for Cleaning House, sounds mighty far away right now, but you can preview content every week on WIPpet Wednesday and six-sentence RainbowSnippets every Saturday until then. Rest assured I’ll be looking for ARC reviewers and will be holding a giveaway as the release date approaches.

So if you’re looking for a magical read celebrating Appalachian culture, people, haints, witches, fae, and spirits along with a helpin’ of what’s good for ya’, you’ll want to keep Cleaning House in mind. Rest assured, this won’t be the last you hear about this upcoming novel.

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